IND vs SL: Enjoying batting at No.5, can take my time and pace innings accordingly, says Ravindra Jadeja
IND vs SL: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has said that he enjoys the responsibility of batting at No. 5 in T20Is against Sri Lanka.
India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the second T20I on Saturday, thanks to Shreyas Iyer’s stunning fifty and Jadeja’s 45 in 18 balls.
“I would like to thank Rohit because he trusts me and believes me that I can go out there and score runs for my team. Whenever I get an opportunity in the future, I’ll try to give my best for the team and I will play according to the situation,” said Jadeja during a virtual press conference.
“I am feeling better, I am confident and I am good to go. I am glad that I played a good innings for my team. Hopefully, I continue in the same in the coming games,” he added.
India also sealed the two-match T20I series (2-0) with one game remaining. On Sunday, the third T20I between the two teams will be played.
“I am enjoying batting at No.5, I can take my time and pace innings accordingly. And I have been enjoying my batting. I was looking to time the ball because it was coming on nicely onto the bat. Wicket was good so Shreyas and I were looking to batting till the end,” said Jadeja.
“Wicket was so good, the ball was coming on nicely and I was just looking to time the ball. I was not trying too hard, was just looking to play normal cricketing shots. Shreyas has been batting really well, I was enjoying with him,” he added.
Talking about Sanju Samson’s knock, Jadeja said:
“He played brilliantly. When you play after a long time and score runs, you feel confident. Hopefully, he continues in the upcoming games.”
India’s chase for 184 got off to a poor start when skipper Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the first over. As the batter edged the ball onto the stumps, Dushmantha Chameera removed Rohit. Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer put on a 35-run stand in the sixth over, but Lahiru Kumara removed the batter. The innings was then carried by Shreyas and Sanju Samson, who accelerated at the ideal time to get close to the target.
Binura Fernando took a one-handed catch to dismiss Samson in the 13th over, reducing India to 128/3. In the second T20I, though, Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer (74) led India to a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka. In 25 balls, Jadeja and Shreyas put on a crucial 58-run stand.